We’ve talked in length about how important it is to be on the same page as your guide. 20 feet to him may look like 30 feet to you. Once you are on the same page in regards to distance (I always use the length of the boat as a good reference point for you both to agree on) you will want to discuss how he will communicating the location of the fish to you. More often than not, guides use the clock reference. “Bonefish, 12 o’clock 50 feet.” As long as you have your feet facing straight forward, you both should agree on what 12 o’clock is right? Unfortunately it is not always this simple.
When the guide spots the fish, the first thing I do if I do not see it myself is point my rod in the direction I think the fish is. Then if the guide follows with “more left” or “no 11 o’clock” I slowly pivot on the bow as I continue to point my rod. That way I am no longer trying to imagine an analog clock face, instead when I am pointing in the general direction of the fish, the guide can tell me to stop rotating or “just slightly to the left mon!” From there I have a much better idea where to look and am now focusing just on the distance of the fish. Proper communication with your guide will undoubtedly lead to a more successful day on the flats!
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